Music: Relive Castlepalooza 2014

Were you at Castlepalooza a few weeks back? One of my favourite music writers Lorraine Harrison was kind enough to recount her musical experiences at what is arguably the best independent music festival of the year for Have a read and let us know your own Castlepalooza memories. 

All images are by Dublin Photographer Ruth  Medjber. Visit her website HERE

Castlepalooza 2014 pictures

Arriving early on site on Friday Castlepalooza fans were met with hot temperatures and clear skies. Fast forward to about 7.00pm and it came. Rain; something all Irish festival goers are used to and know to prepare for. Then it continued. And continued.  And continued. There is only so much preparation you can do and layers a person can bring.

As luck would have it most of Friday’s musical delights took place under the covered shelter of the Metro Herald stage. Dubliners Sleep Thieves were amongst the highlights while DJ Arman Giorgio brought on the festival atmosphere with mixes of well-known tracks and acts such as LCD Soundsystem to delights of the rain trodden faithful. While many bring ear plugs camping to drown out the sound of some gobshite with a guitar “entertaining” the dwellers (it’s five AM, he’s playing Kodaline…again.), this was a first; using earplugs to drown out the sound of rain.

Festival Fashion

Festival Fashion – Credit to Ruth Medjber

One thing that makes Castlepalooza unique compared to other festivals is the variety of things you can do other than seeing music acts. During the day the stunning Charville Castle’s banquet hall is the location for lessons in things like yoga, hula hooping and burlesque. Yes you can actually learn to strip in a castle. If that doesn’t have you counting down the days to next year nothing will.

Saturday was again a mainly rain filled affair again meaning the majority of the crowd could be found at the Metro Herald stage once more. Benny Smiles was true to his name as the masses were left beaming from ear to ear from his unique brand of upbeat electro pop. Haüer’s 80s infused infectious beats could only have been improved if the set took place late in the night rather than mid-afternoon. One of the stand out new acts of the festival.  Sounds of System Breakdown showed why they’ve made a name for themselves as an unmissable live act while over on the main stage crowds began to brave the elements for O Emperor and the soaring vocals of We Cut Corners.

Hauer on stage - Credit to Ruth Medjber

Hauer on stage – Credit to Ruth Medjber

Day three of a festival is always a tough, but particularly when after the biblical rains of the previous 36 hours. It was just too much for some as the campsites were noticeably emptier. Thankfully for those who stayed there was no need for Noah and an ark. One of the early highlights of the day was Acrobat while over in the Metro Herald tent Elaine Mai, despite some technical difficulties got the crowd dancing to a top notch Destiny’s Child remix. In the relaxing setting of the banquet hall Sive’s elegant vocals matched the elegant surroundings. Derry’s The Clameens ensured theirs was a name to be remembered with their catchy brand of indie guitar pop, while Tvvins and Daithí regaled a packed out Metro Herald tent. If there is a finer way to exit a festival then by watching Summer Camp perform the Home and Away theme tune then I’ve yet to find it.

There’s no way to argue it, the weather was dismal and did affect everyone’s experience of Castlepalooza. Yet, it was still one of the weekends of the year and showed why the festival is held in such high regard. Had this weather appeared at any other festival in the country it would have been a complete disaster.

For more photos from the festival “like” Ruth’s Facebook page. See if you can see yourself in these pictures and tag away! 


Tune of the week: Travis Oaks- Last Love Song

I’m a terrible music blogger! is a lifestyle blog initially based around music and reaching out to like minded ladies (and men) who tend to veer towards the non-mainstream but not in a “hipster” way. Hipsters are mainstream. I hold my paws up and say “I have been neglecting the music aspect of things”. It’s my bread and butter and I think perhaps critiquing music is hard for a passionate music lover because I want to enjoy it not pick it apart. That being said I felt an urge to resurrect the Tune of The Week after an accidental hiatus after hearing a great track from an Irish four piece act.

Travis Oaks’ Last Love Song struck a chord with me, punsville, not intended.

Although this is technically his first release, the four piece has done phenomenally well in generating a good name for himself thanks to his obvious talent, winning a support slot with The Hot Sprockets and the indie promotional powerhouse that is Numu Promotions.

This stunning song and appropriate accompanying video is officially released today. Check out the video below. Enjoy!


Music: Sinead O’ Connor – Take Me To Church

Sinead O’ Connor is back, and fabulous!

Whatever your opinions about Sinead O’ Connor’s public persona, there is no denying her talent. She is beautiful in many ways, not least of all in her haunting vocals and crafted songwriting skills.

As the coverart for her upcoming album I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss was released recently, it’s quite fitting to see that we are getting a little teaser of what is to come.

As the heading states, this track is fabulous, topical and delivered with perfection. You will love this.

Happy listening!

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Music AND style: Win best dressed at Bulmers Live 2014

Bulmers live 2014

Bulmers Live at Leopardstown is back this month.

It all kicks off on the 12th of June with Irish band The Raglans, culminating in a highly anticipated performance by iconic rockers The Charlatans on the 14th of August.

Bulmers live always provides a host of fabulous evenings out, not least of all due to the Brown Cow sponsored “Best Dressed” price, encourage the ladies to get their glad rags on in a bid to win a prize.

Susan Kelly from Brown Cow salons says she likes to see a little creativity when it comes to the winning outfits, so if you’re heading one of the gigs, get your thinking caps on for your outfit.

Each week the judges will have their eye out for a jaw dropping, in a good way, unique outfit . Not only will the winner nab a €1000 voucher for the salon, second and third place will get €500 and €250 vouchers too. Not too shabby, eh? As if you needed another excuses to head to one of these gigs.

See below for the full line up and dates.

Thursday 12th June – Raglans

Thursday 19th June – The Heathers

Thursday 3rd July – Hamsandwich

Thursday 10th July – Peter Hook & The Light

Thursday 17th July – The Stunning

Thursday 24th July – The Sharon Shannon Big Band

Thursday 7th August – Johnny Marr

Thursday 14th August – The Charlatans

Tickets are a bargain at just €15  and can be purchased at

BRAND NEW VIDEO: Featuring X – Wild Love

This video is brand new stuff, literally released at the second of publication!

I’ve written about Featuring X once or twice. They are a fresh band on the brink of knocking the music industry’s socks off.

If you follow the girls on Facebook you will be dying to see this video; a cheeky ode to Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love. 

Wild Love is a fiercely addictive song with plenty of attitude and lovable pertness. Check out the vocals; they’ll blow you away.


Music: August MS425 Bluetooth Speaker | Review

Is this the best Bluetooth Speaker?

A Bluetooth Speaker has to be the modern music lover’s best friend. You can take your music anywhere and crank it up, depending on the quality.

Truth be told, the August MS425 Bluetooth Speaker is the first of it’s kind that I have used, so I have nothing to compare it to apart from speakers that plug into your phone or Mp3 player.

Bluetoothe Speaker August


To my surprise, I discovered that the speaker has a microphone which means that you can chat away on the phone if someone calls you during your precious listening time. This would also be handy for calling someone with a group of people; you can all chat away, no hassel.  It is quite small, light and easy to transport. The Bluetooth range claims to reach 30 feet and indeed, I’ve tested it out, leaving my phone inside to charge while I sat about 30 feet away from it out the back.

There is also a jack to attach non-bluetooth devices. Bonus points; they come in an array of colours.

Ease of use

This Bluetooth speaker is very easy to use; you switch it on, turn your bluetooth on your mobile device and connect with the speaker. Start playing music and adjust volume to your liking. No fuss at all, which is important in a speaker; the quicker the music lover gets to listen in, the more satisfied they will be.


This is the deciding factor with me. I’ve been surprised by speakers’ volume in the past; the mini speakers you can get in Carphone Warehouse have impressive volume for a small thing. The volume on the August Bluetooth Speaker is phenomenal.

Not only is it reasonably loud when you turn the volume up on the speaker, when you turn it up on the device it will blast your eardrums in the best way possible!

Where can you buy it?

Unfortunately August speakers are not available in tech retailers in Ireland at the moment. As soon as they are I’ll be sure to tell Twitter (follow me here) because this a diamond of a speaker. You can however, purchase it on  or Amazon.

Have you used a bluetooth speaker before? What are your thoughts.